Centennial Art Center • August 7 through September 25
by Rebecca Pierce
This year Centennial Art Center’s exhibit of work by Tennessee Craft members honors the 50th anniversary of the organization with an extensive and diverse showing of art and craft from across the state. A prelude to the Tennessee Craft Fall Festival, which begins September 25, the exhibition includes a wide range of media such as contemporary fiber art, tapestry, clay, sculpture, mixed media, and oil painting. The indoor venue gives members who might not be able to participate in the outdoor craft fair, because of the fragility of their work or exposure to the elements, a chance to showcase their art.
The exhibit features work by 12 artists from four of the state’s chapters of Tennessee Craft. Each chapter juried in three of their members. Susan DeMay, Deb Tuggle, and Chery Cratty will represent the Plateau Chapter. Tennessee Craft Southwest voted in Brandy Boyd, Pat Moody, and Marilyn League. Artists from the Midstate Chapter are Pam Simmons, Jonathan Griffith, and Susi Graves. Tennessee Craft East selected Anne Freels, C. Michael Robison, and Sarah Brobst.
“Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Tennessee Craft at Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center with a statewide exhibit of artists and artisans brings the relationship between these two organizations full circle. In 1972, the first annual Tennessee Crafts Fair was hosted in Centennial Park around the courtyard of the then-new Centennial Art Center. Tennessee Craft’s spring and fall fairs have grown so large and successful they now take place on the great lawn towards the front of the park. Hosting this exhibit in the Art Center’s gallery brings Tennessee Craft back to its roots,” Joshua Wagner, Gallery Manager of Centennial Art Center, explained.
The Tennessee Craft Annual Juried Exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, August 7, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center on the northwest corner of Centennial Park, 301 25th Avenue North. The show closes with a gathering on the first evening of the Tennessee Craft Fall Fair on September 25 from 6 until 9 p.m. For more information visit www.nashville.gov and www.tennesseecraft.org.